Getting neighbours to fix spoilt bikes

In Media mentions by Sam

First appearing in Straits Times newspaper Oct 20, 2013:

“In a Singapore where many cry out for more social services, a lone voice in the wilderness is crying out for a scale-down.

It belongs to Mr Gerard Ee, executive director of Beyond Social Services, a voluntary welfare organisation which helps curb delinquency among young people from low-income families.”

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Breaking down barriers: How young people, community groups work to build a cohesive society

In Media mentions by Sam

In Straits Times newspaper Feb 4, 2018:

“While some surveys show the divides of race and religion easing, others point to how class divisions are sharpening. In the second of an occasional series supported by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, Senior Social Affairs Correspondent Theresa Tan explores how some young people and community groups are working to build a cohesive society.”

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Competent Communities Overview

In Resources, Toolkits by Sam

Authors: Gerard Ee, Kokila Annamalai, Samuel Tang

Renewing our focus on bringing together people from different walks of life and empowering them requires us to reframe our role from professional service providers to professional facilitators. This document serves to guide and re-organise our efforts with a view to becoming more intentional in creating empowered communities and a compassionate society.

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Activating Local Community

In Reports, Resources by Sam

Author(s): Samuel Tang, Gerard Ee for publication in “Mobilising Diverse Community Assets to meet Social Needs” IPS Exchange Series (2017) 12: 104-122

This article outlines the reasons and approach that Beyond Social Services takes in its pursuit of developing communities from the inside out. It identifies 4 best practices in the work that have been integral to the empowering the local community

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Another Week Beyond – 1740

In Resources by Vairam

A group of volunteers started out with a simple question, “What if we could take a group of less privileged kids and have them feel so special and experience so much love and joy that they could ignite the same in their own homes and lives as well?” The question got them excited and they eventually conceptualised SUPERHERO WOW DAY, where these kids could be superheroes for a day and see the possibilities how they may improve their own lives and that of those around them.

Educator Deborah Meier believes that children use fantasy to get into the real world and in this vein, volunteer group LP151 certainly got it right as they mapped out activities for our children to live the life of a superhero for a day; designing their very own costumes, undertaking secret missions and taking home a memento that will remind them of a day where they were unafraid to stand for what they believed in. LP151 showed us that with a little passion and hearts in the right place, people can come up with meaningful and impactful initiatives. Here is the programme flow that these volunteers proposed and executed.

Dhatin, a mother of xx children told us that it was the most enjoyable activity ever that her children had participated in. Usually, her children are at home with not much to do except to watch television after they are done with their homework. So, it made her very happy to see the void deck below her flat transformed into fantasy playground for her children. The activity also enabled her to observe how capable her children were. She was pleasantly surprised that her 4-year-old could differentiate between the “fish” he was supposed to catch and the “trash” that he was to discard. At the end of the day, she was a proud mother thinking about how she could encourage her children to excel.

All of us tend to thrive when we are in the company of nurturing people and LP151 was the loving, respectful and trusting adult presence that assured our children that they are capable of learning. Their presence also gave children the confidence to share what they have learned. We found it most encouraging hearing children say that they learned that they must always try to be helpful.

“Ignite Love, Ignite Joy, Empower All” is the motto of this volunteer group and we think they certainly lived up to it.

Enjoy your weekend


Life doesn’t give us purpose. We give life purpose. – The Flash

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Strengthening Communities in Low-Income Families in Singapore

In Reports, Resources by Sam

Author(s): Members from LKYSPP, Ng Lin Kai, Chua Hui Chee, Xiong Hao Ming, Mohammed Masrahi

46 in-depth interviews with households in low-income neighbourhoods were conducted to find out how local stakeholders (such as Beyond Social Services, Resident’s Committee, Family Service Centre, and the community residents) can best support low-income families to integrate into the larger community. These interviews analysed the relationships between individuals (micro) as well as between community stakeholders (macro).

The macro analysis revealed that there were problems with community stakeholders collaborating with each other, problems with the representativeness of community leaders and that sources of funding decided the bargaining power of stakeholders. The micro analysis revealed that there was a lack of effective platforms needed to bridge segregated social networks, a lack of meaningful activities and emotional support to bond residents.

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Youth Participation in BSS Activities

In Reports, Resources by Sam

Author(s): Republic Polytechnic School of Management and Communications
Youth and their caregivers were surveyed regarding how they perceive activities in Beyond Social Services and why they choose to participate or not participate in these events. The findings indicate that while the activities are perceived as meaningful, the timing and need to attend with friends makes an activity more or less accessible to youth. Recommendations include broadening the range of activities and creating more ownership of these activities with the youth.
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Social Welfare Policy in Singapore

In Reports, Resources by Sam

Author: King Yu Yen
13 semi-structured interviews were carried out on members of the low-income community to explore their experiences as recipients of welfare. The interviews sought to understand the reasons why they sought financial aid, and the difficulties they faced in seeking welfare. The information was categorised according to existing welfare schemes, and suggestions are made for how community or non-governmental funds might be tailored to fill the gaps.